Cox appeared on the cover of the June 9, 2014, issue of Time magazine, and was interviewed for the article "The Transgender Tipping Point" by Katy Steinmetz. This makes Cox the first openly transgender person to appear on the cover of Time in the magazine's history.
Cox's nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series - for her performance in Orange Is the New Black (2013) - at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards makes her the first openly transgender person to be nominated for any award in the history of the Emmys.
Cox was named one of OUT Magazine's 100 most influential gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender people for 2013.
Laverne Cox has a twin brother, musician M. Lamar, who appeared on Orange Is the New Black (2013) in a flashback as the pre-gender transition version of Cox character, Sophia.
Laverne Cox has spoken in many interviews about the bullying and lack of support she received from both peers and teachers as a child in Alabama. Her third grade teacher warned her mother that Cox was sick and "would end up in New Orleans wearing a dress if we don't get him into therapy right away." As an adult, in her capacity as an LGBT activist, Cox has lectured at many universities, including New Orleans's Tulane (where she did indeed wear a dress).